Headlines – 2nd July 2021

School News

Blue Coat CofE School Peace and Reconciliation Award

Jen Jenkins was pleased to represent the DBE at the presentation of the Lord Mayor’s Peace Award to Blue Coat School on the afternoon of Wednesday 30th June. During the award ceremony, pulled together by Assistant Head Teacher & Head of RE, Gemma Hathaway, a fantastic drama by Sixth Form students explored different scenarios requiring peace and reconciliation. Pupils also spoke about the symbol of the peace dove and read out poems, and a fantastic rap, they had written on the theme of peace. Peace doves made by pupils were displayed and gifted to visitors, including the Lord Mayor of Coventry and one that will find a new home in the DBE offices. Both the Lord Mayor and Manjit Kaur, Chair of Coventry SACRE, commented on the strength of Blue Coat’s application and the quality of their peace and reconciliation work across different challenging topics and themes. Congratulations to Blue Coat on receiving this new award.

Wootton Wawen CofE Primary

Congratulations to Wootton Wawen CofE Primary who have had confirmation of their REQM gold award. The RE Quality Mark is a nationally recognised award which recognises the delivery of high quality teaching and learning in RE.  They are also saying a sad farewell to long standing Headteacher Marion Jones who is retiring this term. We wish Marion well and pray for a long and happy retirement.

Stretton CofE Academy

Headteacher Susan Samra writes: “We loved this prayer from one of our reception children for today in worship.”

Dear God – Please help us when our teeth get wobbly and fall out. Amen


Governor Annual Conference

Thank you to the governors who attended yesterday’s online annual conference. Governors enjoyed an inspiring keynote from Sharon Warmington, CEO of the National Black Governors Network. Sharon demonstrated how it is possible to increase diversity in school settings whilst eliminating tokenism.  Revd David Poultney, Rector of Bedworth parish also spoke to governors about mission and strengthening links between church, home and schools.


Church of England Professional Qualifications with full scholarship funding available

The Church of England (in partnership with the Catholic Education Service) will be offering the full suite of NPQs to teachers and school leaders nationwide from September 2021. These include:

  • NPQ in Leading Teacher Development
  • NPQ in Leading Teaching
  • NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture
  • NPQ in Senior Leadership
  • NPQ in Headship
  • NPQ in Executive Leadership

Additional support offer for those within their first 24 months of Headship  In addition to the NPQs, the department is introducing an additional support offer for new headteachers from autumn 2021. This is a targeted support package for teachers new to the role of headship.

Please do take advantage of the funding available this year and encourage your staff.  Closing date for applications is 25th September.  Full information and funding eligibility can be found here: https://www.cefel.org.uk/npq/


Collective Worship

Jen Jenkins has produced another set of collective worship session for the autumn term on Creation.  Click here for the sessions or look on the DBE website.  The password for access to all the collective worship materials is Education


Headteacher Wellbeing

Just a reminder that the last half termly session for Headteacher wellbeing with Dr Kate Middleton will be on Wednesday 14th July at 4pm. Book your place here  Dr Kate has kindly given us the transcripts of her sessions below.  Look out for these – they will be on the DBE website shortly.

  • Rest
  • Managing Morale
  • Perfect people or perfect pressure
  • The toll of trauma


Saltley Trust – Survey for RE Leads

Ian Jones, the Director of Saltley Trust has asked if we can send this survey to our RE Leads: https://bit.ly/re-connect-survey  It is a 10 minute survey, which has been tested out with experienced RE teachers, and invites primary and secondary teachers of RE (whether subject specialists or not) to share their views on how questions of environment, nature and climate change are currently handled within RE, and what scope there might be for exploring these further through RE.  The closing date is 31 July but he encourages people to respond earlier to ensure their views are received.  The survey results will inform the design of an innovative Teacher Fellowship Programme exploring the intersection of religion/worldviews and environment in a series of workshops over six months, starting later this year.  More details about the Teacher Fellowship Programme will be released shortly.


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